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I am currently in San Diego (living in North Park, working in La Jolla not far from UCSD), working for Johnson & Johnson as a research assistant and doing medicinal chemistry. The job is fun so far--I'm on a methodology side project while I learn my way around the lab (which will probably lead to a paper, whee). Then I will start making a whole bunch of compounds for biologists to test. I like my coworkers and I'm not the only new person; we got another PhD this week. I've committed to stay for at least two years. If it is still going well I will start thinking about the good-job-where-I-don't-want-to-live balance. At that point I may also have some clue about where I want to be long-term.

I have a nice 1-bedroom apartment, not enough furniture, and two cats! They are rescue cats, are about 3 months old, and are adorable. They currently need names. Up for consideration are:
  • Strange and Charm (the one that woke me up at 7 by batting at my head and gnawing on my ear would be Strange)
  • Funball and Pixie
  • Some combination of Greek gods (The extended family's naming scheme; I've been working through Bullfinch's for fun recently)
  • Something Arthurian that doesn't imply too much doom [or does; Lancelot and Mordred, anyone?]
  • Hobbes (for the orange tabby) [and Schrodinger]

I will need to get a car soon, since the insurance for me will run out on my mother's. I'm thinking of a Fit. It's not that much more expensive than used cars I'd be thinking of getting (5-year old Camry or Civic, probably), gets great gas mileage, and is like a (very) mini-station wagon in feel.

Brian was here a week or two ago, and I'll be visiting him in a week or three. Maybe long distance gets more fun when there's less time left to do it?

If anyone wants contact info, feel free to email me (quartzpebble at gmail). My phone is still my cell.

Happy Fourth to everyone. Here's hoping the country can turn itself around. (Damn Bush. How the fuck does he think that he can get away with all this? How has he?)

Date: 2007-07-04 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwillen.livejournal.com
Strange and Charm! You must! :-D

Date: 2007-07-04 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gwillen.livejournal.com
Alternatively you could name them Top and Bottom....

Date: 2007-07-04 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quartzpebble.livejournal.com
No, if I name them after those quarks I'll name them Truth and Beauty. Also, those aren't cat descriptors...

Date: 2007-07-05 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iluvsheep.livejournal.com
Or Beauty and Beast if the latter keeps waking you up.

Date: 2007-07-04 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jibb.livejournal.com
Cats? Cats!

Date: 2007-07-05 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memnus.livejournal.com
Edison and Tesla.

Date: 2007-07-07 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notsteven.livejournal.com
I'm still amused that Sahakian has a dog named Newton and a cat named Leibniz.

Date: 2007-07-16 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] omnicient.livejournal.com
Send me your address! Jamie and I have been mailing back and forth, perhaps we can get a pen-pal thing going... Any idea where the hippo ended up?

~me

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Date: 2008-03-10 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucasmembrane.livejournal.com
Woah. Somehow, it's always weird to find another medicinal chemist among my friends-of-friends. It shouldn't be, since we all came from a community of ridiculously smart science people and the pharmaceutical industry is big, but it still manages to surprise me.

Congrats on the job! I'm a bit jealous - I interviewed at J&J PRD after I got out of Mudd, but they ended up closing the position (the job market sucked - I think I only got the interview because Prof. Minehan put me in touch with Todd Jones) and I got a QC position elsewhere. Anyway, now I'm in medchem, working just down the street from you at GNF (the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation - basically Novartis' US tax shelter). Small world, eh.

Date: 2008-03-11 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quartzpebble.livejournal.com
Small world, definitely. Neat to hear from another chemist--I think I'd heard that you were another Mudder in SD but have only ever met you twice (I think) so tracking you down to say hi seemed vaguely weird on my end.

As for the job, I got very lucky with the timing and the job market, since things got interesting at the company a few months after I started. I'm not familiar with Novartis--what sort of stuff do you focus on?
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